It's Never too Early for Vision: Planning for Life after School
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When: Thursday, September 8th
1:00-2:00 PM Eastern
Where: Via Adobe Connect
United States
Contact: Donald Taylor

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About this Series

This is Episode 1 of 3 in the Autumn 2016 webinar series, Envisioning a Full Future for your Child with a Disability. This series is co-presented by TASH and the State Wide Advocacy Network's National Resources for Access, Independence, Self-Advocacy and Employment (RAISE) Technical Assistance Center.

About this Episode

  • Is your son or daughter with a disability—of ANY age—thinking ahead to careers and adult life?
  • Is it time for students and adults to develop or improve a transition plan?
  • Is your son or daughter aging out—or already aged out—of the special education system?
  • Are you a person with a disability who wants to live a rewarding adult life based on your own choices?

Then this is YOUR Time for Vision!

Families and people with disabilities have learned that an essential tool in bringing about a full, meaningful, included life is having a well defined and articulated vision to focus, guide, and inspire action in the face of attitudinal obstacles and other set-backs. This presentation will help participants to clearly conceptualize their vision and encourage everyone to "keep their eyes on the prize" and not to acquiesce to prevailing standards of what is "realistic." The personal experiences of people with disabilities and their families around the power of holding a vision will be shared.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the importance of developing a vision of possibility.
  • Explain key ideas needed to develop a vision.
  • Draft a vision.
  • Articulate the vision to others.

Intended Audience

People with disabilities and their families, educators, agency staff.

About the presenter

A color portrait of Darcy Elks. She is smiling with narrow eyes. She has blonde bangs and a short pixie cut. She is wearing a pink blazer and a gold necklace. Darcy Elks is a parent of three young adults, one of whom has a disability. She is also an educator, consultant, evaluator, and advocate on behalf of people with disabilities. Darcy has traveled internationally for 35 years and she has worked with many different groups and individuals, including people who have themselves been marginalized by society, advocates, family members, professionals, faith communities, and human service providers. The focus of her work is to encourage attitudes and structures that promote social value and inclusion for people with disabilities and others who have been excluded. Darcy is passionate about the vision of inclusive communities where we are all welcome and can use our gifts for the good of one another.

A color portrait of Mary Elks. A smiling Mary Elks is tilting her head to the side. She is wearing glasses, and has brown shoulder length hair that is parted down the middle. Mary Elks lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Mary attended Renaissance Academy, a public college preparatory charter school. After high school, Mary attended West Chester University for four years. Mary has a very full life. She is an employee, friend, volunteer, employer, daughter and sister, neighbor, dance student/performer, teacher, and traveler. Mary is very enthusiastic about her life and wants to encourage other young people to dream a big dream and go after it.

How to participate

This series of live webinars will be streamed over the web. Each presentation will be about fifty minutes, followed by ten minutes for questions and answers. Registered participants will receive an e-mail with instructions and the link to join the webinar on Tuesday (two days prior) and a reminder the morning of the event.

This is a three episode long webinar series. Individual sessions are $5.00 each. You will receive one episode for free when you register for the entire Envisioning a Full Future for your Child with a Disability webinar series.

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If you have any questions about the series please contact Donald Taylor at (202) 888-2419 or